The long running pay dispute at housing and homelessness charity Shelter has ended after workers accepted a vastly improved pay offer.

Strike action

Over 600 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, took strike action last December over pay.

During the strike action talks were held at the conciliation service Acas and an improved pay offer was made. The revised offer was for an increase in pay of seven per cent, which was more than double the three per cent the workers had previously been offered. In addition, the workers will each receive a one off payment of £1,250. Following a ballot of members, the new offer was accepted.

Greatly improved pay deal

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This was a significant result, our members were prepared to stand together in unity and by doing so were able to secure a greatly improved pay increase.

“This is further proof of how Unite’s unflinching focus on jobs, pay and conditions is delivering substantial financial benefits for its members.”

Growing membership

Unite regional officer Peter Storey said: “Full credit must go to Unite’s reps and members without whose commitment and determination this victory would not have been possible.

“Unite has emerged from the dispute far stronger at Shelter and it is determined to ensure that members will continue to receive fair pay awards in the future.”


Notes to editors

Shelter staff begin unprecedented two week strike 

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.